Porto v Chelsea preview: Mourinho returns to former club
Last Updated: 29/09/15 7:59pm
Jose Mourinho returns to his former club Porto as Chelsea look to make it two wins from two in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Blues boss enjoyed great success with the Portuguese giants, leading them to UEFA Cup success in 2003 before masterminding their Champions League triumph the following season.
While Chelsea eased to a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Group G fixture, Porto had to settle for a point away to Dynamo Kiev after conceding an 89th-minute equaliser.
The sides last met in the group phase of this competition in 2009, Nicholas Anelka scoring the winner for Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea in the meeting at the Estádio do Dragao.
Kenedy is a doubt for the game with a knee problem, but Diego Costa - who is currently serving a three-game domestic ban - is expected to return to the Chelsea side to lead the line ahead of Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy.
Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic were left on the bench for the clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but started against Newcastle on Saturday and will be hoping to keep their places. John Terry did not feature in either game and Mourinho must decide whether to stick with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill in central defence.
Thiabut Courtois remains sidelined by a knee injury and Asmir Begovic is set to start in only his second-ever Champions League game.
For Porto, exciting winger Yacine Brahimi is a doubt with a knee injury picked up against Moreirense - but they will be able to call upon the experience of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who could set a new Champions League record with 152 appearances. He currently shares the record with former Barcelona midfielder Xavi.
Chelsea have won four of their six Champions League meetings with Porto (D1 L1). They have never failed to score against the Portuguese side.
Porto and Chelsea's three encounters at the Dragao have a perfectly balanced record: one win each, one draw and three goals each.
Porto won four of their five home games in the Champions League last season, drawing the other one. They scored 16 goals and conceded only three.
Chelsea have won 80% of their Champions League games against Portuguese sides (8 out of 10), their highest ratio versus any nation faced more than 10 times.
Chelsea are 11/5 with Sky Bet for the victory at Porto (13/10), with Tuesday night's trip deemed their toughest group stage test. Julen Lopetegui's men are considered 7/2 second favourites to win the group, although their visitors are currently odds-on for top spot and fourth in the Champions League outright betting at 8/1 despite their mixed form.
Diego Costa is the joint favourite to score first at 9/2 along with Vincent Aboubakar, while the pair are both available at enhanced odds of 5/1 to score in wins for their respective sides in Sky Bet's Price Boosts.